Nationwide champion Hope ladies’s basketball crew will co-grand marshal Tulip Time parade

HOLLAND, MI – Organizers booked an NCAA national championship team as one of four groups to grand marshal parades at this year’s Tulip Time festival in Holland this May.

The Hope College women’s basketball team, which won the Division III championship earlier this year, are among those being highlighted at one of the festival’s popular events.

Grand marshals selected for the festival’s two stops are: Holland Rotary; Alumni Dutch Dance Directors; the Holland American Legion Band; and Hope College women’s basketball team.

Other events, including musical performances, a talent show, an artisan market, the Tulip Time run, are scheduled to run May 7-15.

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Holland Rotary members and Alumni Dutch Dance Directors will grand marshal the Gentex Kinderparade, which is set to begin at 2 pm May 12 in downtown Holland.

As described by organizers, “elementary school children will line up with their teachers and school administrators in full costume and smiling faces as they march together through downtown Holland. Each school and grade will have their own theme that nods to the towns’ Dutch heritage, from Dutch agriculture to the Dutch Master’s painters.”

The rotary club has made a difference in the community by building and placing of benches along the walking paths at Windmill Island Gardens and the creation of Holland Rotary Leaders for the 21st Century seventh grade two-day leadership conference held at Hope College the last 20 years .

Founders Anne Mulder and Elizabeth TerHaar will represent the Alumni Dutch Dance Directors, a group that initially started in 1969 as a way to connect nearby dancers.

On May 14, Hope College women’s basketball team and members of the Holland American Legion Band will co-grand marshal the Quality Car Wash Volksparade, set to begin at 1 pm

“People from near and far will be invited to don their Dutch costumes, grab a bucket and a broom, and scrub the streets clean for the coming performances,” organizers said. “Town officials will walk through with their ceremonial white glove inspection to approve the streets for the parade and when the town crier officially announces the official’s approval, the parade will start. Dozens of bands from West Michigan middle and high schools showcase their talents amid the community floats through downtown Holland.”

In 2022, Hope College captured its third Division III national title in women’s basketball. The hometown heroes will be joined by Holland American Legion Band members, who will be celebrating the group’s 100 years in existence.

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